Assassin’s and Hash?

If you look up assassin, you will find the definition we all believe thanks to Hollywood, plus with a historical note.  That’s right. The word assassin came into existence in 1049 A.D. The popular video game series, Assassin’s Creed, follows closely to how this organization was ran.

Hasan ibn-al-Sabbah was a Persian, and an intelligent man who studied palmistry, languages, philosophy, astronomy and mathematics during his life. He traveled the Middle East, staying extensively in Egypt, Armenia, and Palestine.

In 1049 A.D. Hasan ibn-al-Sabbah formed a secret Mohammedan sect in Persia. They were called hashshashin, or assassin. This word came from the Arabian word for hashish eater as the members of the sect would be under the influence of this drug as they committed secret systemic murders, especially during the Crusades.

Hasan was the ruler of this sect until his death in 1124 and was called “The Old Man of the Mountain,” as he resided on Mount Lebanon in a fort he had conqueror in 1088 from a landlord. In 1256, the fortress fell to the Mongols, ending the Hasan reign on the territory he had given to his successor’s.